Substance Abuse / addiction counselling (this in-person service will be available again from 1 October 2021)
- the experimental phase of substance abuse
- pre- and post-rehab counselling
- counselling family members of the substance abuser
People are abusing a variety of substances. For example, drugs, alcohol, prescribed medication, steroids, and inhalants.
If you want to quit, focusing on stopping the undesired behaviour (substance abuse) is almost always counterproductive. In other words, the more you try not to use, the more you focus on the substance. Consequently, the more difficult it is not to use.
One cannot engage in non-behaviour; not using! Substance abuse takes up a lot of time.
For example, time to
- acquire the substance,
- prepare it,
- use of the substance,
- concealing the use,
- covering the effects of the use
- and recovering from the effects of the substance use.
All this time needs to be filled with new behaviour. It needs to be replaced with constructive behaviour which will be unique to every individual.
You may feel as if you use the substance 24/7. However, even the person with the strongest substance addiction does not use the substance ALL the time.
Somehow you manage not to use the substance, at least some of the time.
Schedule a substance abuse/ addiction counselling session in which
- you will be spoken to as a person who is more than just a substance abuser
- the counsellor will speak to the best version of you
- we explore what you want to do INSTEAD of the substance abuse behaviour
- you can become aware of your already existing coping behaviour. As well as resources and skills. More importantly, how you can amplify it.
- you create your preferred future by engaging in hope-filled conversations.